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Open for Change Meet-up, 18 March

on March 31st, 2011 at 2:57:04 PM

We had our first network meetup since we graduated from the IS Hub informal network to a Partos-hosted Open for Change platform, and we had a nice mix of familiar and new faces and organisations.

We ended up with plenty of discussions and ideas around three presentations:

  • The dreams and the activities of Open for Change as a networking platform by Pelle Aardema.
  • The architecture of connecting open data sources to tools and services by Rolf Kleef.
  • The development of a service layer of service components as an “app store for development” by Anna Chojnacka and Thomas Bjelkeman.

We tried to focus our discussions on possible ingredients for the Open Data for Development Camp we're organizing on May 12 and 13 in Amsterdam: networks to reach out to, data sources to include, questions to be answered. And ended with an ambition suggested by Anna and Thomas: how can we make Open for Change scale to a world-wide brand for “the new way to development aid”?

AKVO kindly arranged space in the International Water House, and we mingled with the NGO WASH network who ended their meeting there with a drink to start off the weekend too.

If you're interested in joining us next time: join our mailing list, or sign up for the Open Data in Development Camp we're organizing in May!

Accessing aid information

on March 4th, 2011 at 10:20:31 AM

The international development aid sector is starting to get on board the "open data" train. Preparing for the Open Data for Campaigning Day in Oxford in three weeks, and our own Open Data for Development Camp in Amsterdam in May, I had a look at what's possible already.

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